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Can I get recommendations for the closest beaches (ocean). Not overcrowded & clean is a plus or course. Thanks!

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Comment by K9 on June 16, 2012 at 7:55am

Jennings Beach in Fairfield CT is nice as well..Parking 25.00 on weekends, less during the week. Very clean..Nice facilities/snack bar as well. Exit 21 or 22 off 95 in CT. Ben is right about Hammonasset State Park.. Also ABove that is Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic CT.(exit 72).very nice and a campsite there as well

Comment by K9 on June 16, 2012 at 7:52am

Comment by Philomena on June 15, 2012 at 6:07pm

The beach in Greenwich is very nice and not crowded. You need a non-resident day pass to get in, but I think it's only $5, and parking is $15 or $20. Also on the sound so not much by way of waves :  http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Parks_and_Recreat...

Comment by Ben Royce on June 15, 2012 at 1:30pm

I went to Sherwood Island a lot as a kid:

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325260&depNav_G...

No waves on Long Island Sound at that point, it's like going to a lake beach.

You need to get out to Hammonasset before you can catch waves on Long Island Sound:

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325210&depNav_G...

That's out past New Haven.

Comment by Michelle Caves on June 15, 2012 at 1:21pm

thanks for the advice! I am interested in closer bodies of water as well, but I was mainly wondering what the best ocean beach is.. I usually go to Long Island, but wasn't sure if there is a nice beach in CT that's closer.

Comment by Ben Royce on June 15, 2012 at 10:44am

You can walk right down to Dennings Point if you want to sit on a beach on the Hudson. Great views. But JoAnne's right, watch out for those freaky sharp tree demon seeds.

If you want to swim, hang a left onto Route 301 from 9D in the center of Cold Spring, and drive 10 minutes to Lake Canopus:

http://nysparks.com/parks/133/details.aspx

I also like Lake Taghkanic, but it's an hour away, right over the border into Columbia County. The beaches and facilities are larger.

http://nysparks.com/parks/38/details.aspx

Crowded though, which you wouldn't expect way up there, but it is right off the Taconic.

Comment by JoAnne Meyer on June 15, 2012 at 10:15am

What's wrong with the Cold Spring beach?  I always want to call it Sandy Pt. but I know that's not it, right on 9D beautiful, secluded and you can bring the dogs!  Just watch out for the pointy burrs all over the beach.  Good luck!

Comment by Ben Royce on June 14, 2012 at 1:38pm

try sandy hook nj

Comment by Michelle Caves on June 14, 2012 at 12:30pm

Oh, also avoiding traffic is best, but might be willing to deal with traffic for a nice beach. 

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